British Columbia unveiled a plan to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for entry into multiple settings, including but not limited to restaurants, bars, gyms, night clubs, indoor ticketed events, and on-campus student housing. The requirement for a single dose will go into effect on September 13, 2021, and by October 24, 2021, will be extended to require two doses.
The province has confirmed that apart from young children, there will be no exceptions to this mandate. This includes people who for medical reasons cannot be safely vaccinated, or people avoiding it for religious purposes. While there aren't as many valid medical reasons for avoiding the COVID-19 vaccine as some might try to argue, they do exist, albeit rarely.
Section 15 - Equality Rights of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms states the following:
(1) Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.
Similarly, section 1 (b) of the Canadian Bill of Rights states a similar rule.
Given this, how is the government legally able to enforce the mandate in its current form? If people do exist who cannot receive the vaccine due to a physical disability such as life-threatening allergies, is the refusal to accept these exceptions unconstitutional? While I would imagine a religious reason for avoiding a vaccine would be hard to argue in court, would the same principal still apply?